With the price of oil skyrocketing, saving oil when cooking has not only become beneficial for your health, but also for your pocket. When the price of a liter of oil almost triples what we paid not long ago, it is advisable to apply some tricks and tips to save on what, Now more than ever it deserves to be called liquid gold.
Although Spain is the world’s largest producer of oil, It is striking that the price per liter is close to or exceeds 10 euros, more than in many countries abroad. And although our colleagues analyze the causes of this increase, what we are going to do here is give you some tips to reduce the use of oil when cooking.
Cooking utensils and techniques
Use non-stick utensils: Non-stick pots and pans allow you to cook with less oil since food tends to slide easily without sticking to the surface.
Take advantage of the air fryers: air fryers or without oil, they promise results practically identical to traditional frying, but with the minimum fat and without all the inconvenience that entails. A perfect option for homes where the oven takes up too much space or to save time and money, allowing you to prepare endless recipes.
Spray or brush oil: Instead of pouring oil directly into the pan, use an oil sprayer or cooking brush to apply a thin, even layer over the cooking surface. This helps control the amount of oil you use.
Steam cooking: Steaming is a great way to cook without oil. You can use a steam basket or a pot with a lid and rack to cook your food using the steam that is generated.
Bake or roast instead of frying: When baking or roasting foods instead of frying them, you can avoid using large amounts of oil. For example, oven-fried potatoes instead of deep-fried ones contain less fat.
Use healthy alternatives to oil: Instead of extra virgin olive oil, try other options such as avocado oil or virgin coconut oil, which can be used in smaller quantities due to their flavor and texture.
Prepare grilled foods: Grilling is a great option to reduce the amount of oil needed. Food is cooked in its own juice and does not require adding additional oil.
Drain and reuse excess oil: After frying or sautéing food, place it on absorbent paper to remove excess oil before serving. It is not necessary to use new oil every time, for example, we are going to fry some potatoes or croquettes. Simply strain the oil and store it again. The oil supports a maximum of three uses.
Use low temperature cooking techniques: Cooking over low heat or low heat can reduce the need for oil in certain dishes, as foods can be cooked with less fat.
Opt for low oil recipes: Look for recipes that are designed to use less oil or that offer alternatives to reduce it.
By following these tips, you will be able to enjoy delicious and healthy meals while you reduce oil consumption in your culinary preparations.
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